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UK bans live animal exports!

The UK became the first country to impose a ban on live animal exports through the Animal Welfare (Live Animal Exports) Act.

June, 2024…

A new ban on live animal exports has come into force in the UK with the Royal Assent of the Animal Welfare (Live Animal Exports) Act, which reinforces the UK’s world-leading position in animal welfare standards in the post-Brexit period.

What is the aim of the law?

The Act fulfils an important commitment to ban the export of live animals from the UK, including cattle, sheep and pigs for slaughter and fattening. It is intended to prevent animals from suffering stress, fatigue and injury during long and unnecessary export journeys.

It will also ensure that animals are slaughtered domestically in UK abattoirs with high levels of welfare, cementing the country’s position as a world leader in animal welfare and increasing the value of British meat and helping to grow the economy.

Steve Barclay

UK Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Minister Steve Barclay made a statement on the subject and said:

“We are proud to have some of the highest animal welfare standards in the world. Our new Act fulfils one of our manifesto commitments by taking advantage of post-Brexit freedoms and further strengthens these standards by preventing the export of live animals for slaughter and fattening, which we know causes unnecessary stress and injury to animals.”

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